- Sandra Mangsen
A term applied to Baroque sonatas for two or three melody instruments and continuo. Many trio sonatas are for strings, but wind instruments (cornetto, oboe, flute, recorder, bassoon) are also found. The melodic parts are usually of equal importance, although the bass may be less active. Trio sonatas were perhaps the most popular instrumental music of the period, written by composers throughout Europe and eagerly consumed, especially by amateurs. Their three-part texture could also be rendered by a single melodic instrument and obbligato keyboard, and some sonatas exist in both formats; Bach’s organ trios (...